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Tuesday: March 21, 2006

Netflix Does Not Suck

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I bought myself a Netflix subscription for my birthday (last Wednesday, the Ides). So far, I’m very pleased, and waiting for my second batch of three. Too bad I wasted one of my first three on something (Pasolini’s Oedipus Rex) I’d mixed up with what I really wanted (Stravinsky’s). I’ll watch the former some day, but I’m in no hurry, particularly since the disk didn’t have any next-track function and even the 20x fast forward was too slow for some scenes. I’m much more careful now in making sure I select the right disc to move to the top of the queue.

A few random thoughts, or rather questions:

  • Does liking Witness for the Prosecution better than 8 1/2 make me a bad person? Or (what some would think even worse) a Philistine?
  • Does the ‘drag & drop’ function in the queue actually work? It doesn’t for me in either Firefox or Explorer. Is there some special secret to making it work?
  • In rating movies, it’s obvious that I should give five stars to those I love and no stars to those I hate, but what about those that I love so much I already own them? I’m already sick of seeing them popping up in recommendations all the time, but if I give them no stars, will Netflix stop recommending them, while still recommending other movies that resemble them?
  • Is there some way to turn off the Roger Ebert recommendations? They’re of no use to me even as suggestions for what not to watch: if only he were always wrong.

1 Comment

  1. “Does the ‘drag & drop’ function in the queue actually work? It doesn’t for me in either Firefox or Explorer. Is there some special secret to making it work?”

    I’ve been using Netflix for a couple of years now. I didn’t know there was supposed to be a “drag and drop” feature on the queue. I’ve always had to either change priority numbers and try to remember what to change all subsequent numebrs to, or (more recently) pop the lowest-ranked one I want to change to the top, and work upwards from there until I’ve moved everything I want to move.

    Neither solution is particularly elegant, as you might guess. Where did you read about this drag & drop thing?

    Comment by McGehee — Sunday: April 2, 2006 @ 6:02 PM UTC

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